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The school system is supposed to be the place where higher learning takes place, however that can often be a difficult task when school funding is more times than not the main issue it doesn’t happen.
Kevin Hart, Meek Mill, and Sixers Co-Owner Michael Rubin all teamed up to donate $15 million to benefit up to 110 private and parochial schools in Philadelphia that serve underprivileged students. Just two years ago, both Meek Mill and Rubin donated money to Philadelphia students and set up a $2 million scholarship fund.
Although the Philadelphia natives have given back over the years, this is the largest donation the individuals have given at one time. The funding was announced soon after Philadelphia Superintendent William Hite testified in a civil trial to determine whether Pennsylvania is meeting its constitutional obligations to provide equitable and adequate education funding. "Philadelphia is the poorest big city in the country. We have larger numbers of young people who don't have access to early childhood services and who aren't on grade level, those experiencing trauma, homelessness, are new to the country, have special needs, and those who need additional resources," Hite shares.
The hope is that better opportunities will arise from the donation. Early childhood services, additional mathematical assistance, and increased afterschool activities are just the tip of the iceberg for what’s in store.
On another positive note, the hit sitcom Abbott Elementary, which airs on ABC, also sheds light on the underfunded Philadelphia public school system. The comedy-style series shows over dedicated teachers who are trying to do everything they can to stretch the limited resources available. Creator and star Quinta Brunson has delivered uncontrollable laughter since the show's release back in December last year, but it has been the message that has really gained the attention of those watching. It’s amazing how she continues to highlight Philadelphia’s lack of school funding through acting in such a comedic way that tells a true story.
While it’s no laughing matter, the show continues to display the city’s dire need to continue the marathon of putting education first. The donation to Philadelphia schools will definitely help to bridge the gap that is currently affecting the city's youth.